E. Craig Wall, Sr.

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E. Craig Wall, Sr.
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Anson County, North Carolina
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Businessman
  • Civic leader

E. Craig Wall, Sr. was a businessman and civic leader in South Carolina.[1] He was born in Anson County, North Carolina in 1910.[2] He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but left before graduating to sail to China where he worked on an oil barge on the Yangtze River for six months.[3][4] After returning to the United States, Wall moved to Conway, South Carolina in the 1930s.[5] He founded Canal Wood Corporation in 1937 with Hutch Gibson.[6] Wall was one of the original developers of Litchfield Beach[7] and at one point his businesses owned over 300,000 acres of land in the southeastern United States.[3]

As Canal Wood grew into the largest wood product company in the southeastern United States and became Canal Industries, Wall engaged in many civic activities. He was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in 1974.[8][9] He chaired the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education from 1967 to 1971 and was one of the founders of Coastal Carolina University.[5][10] where the business school is named for him.[11] Wall served on the boards of trustees of Davidson College, Clemson University, and Presbyterian College.[5] Addditonally, he served on the boards of directors of the Coastal Educational Foundation, Brookgreen Gardens, the South Carolina Development Board, and the South Carolina Alcoholic Rehabilitation Board, [4][12] He died of cancer in 1985.[2]

Wall received an honorary degree from Clemson University.[4] He was named to the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2014.[4][13]


  1. Monk, John (1978-10-08). "Horry's Most Influential". Sun News. pp. 1D.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Monk, John (1985-04-09). "Grand Strand Developer Craig Wall Dies". Charlotte Observer. pp. B1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dumbell, Jim (1982-08-16). "1 in a Million Or So: Self-Made Industrialist, Banker, Merchant, Landowner Calls it Luck". Charlotte Observer. pp. 1A.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Hall of Fame to Induct Six". The State. 1986-05-28. pp. 1D.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Founder of Conway Company, Edwin Craig Wall Sr., Dies at 74". The State. 1985-04-09. pp. 4C.
  6. Stokes, Barbara. "Canal Holdings". South Carolina Encyclopedia. University of South Carolina, Institute for Southern Studies. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  7. Lamb, Margaret (2019). "When beach lots sold for $1,200, people said the sellers were crazy" (PDF). Beaches. The Coastal Observer. p. 15.
  8. "Get Posts". Greensboro Record. 1974-01-09. pp. D14.
  9. "Business Spotlight". The State. 1974-12-08. pp. 7C.
  10. "E. Craig Wall Sr. - Original Founder". Coastal Carolina University. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  11. Paul, Steven (1987-03-17). "Coastal Building Honors Wall". The Sun News. pp. A1.
  12. Crews, Meredith (1981-06-06). "Brookgreen is a Shining Star for the State". The Sun News. pp. III-10.
  13. "Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame | Queens University of Charlotte". www.queens.edu. Retrieved 2023-09-11.

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